Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer

Much of our suffering and psychological problems we face are due to the fact that we are using ancient cognitive machinery to deal with the complexities of the modern world. Humans evolved though a process called natural selection in which genes that were best suited for their respective environments were passed on to the next … More Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer

Stuck in the Clouds: An Aviator’s Guide to Pointless Overthinking

I have a love-hate relationship with thinking. Sometimes, I get in these kinds of flow states where I follow my train of thought – connecting the dots along the way. When I follow my thoughts in this way, I find it euphoric. I often derive my best writing doing so.   This is all well and … More Stuck in the Clouds: An Aviator’s Guide to Pointless Overthinking

Grounded

In aviation we have a term called AOG that means Aircraft on Ground. It refers to a plane that can’t fly because of a technical issue. We might also say a pilot is grounded because of a disciplinary issue, or that passengers are grounded because of weather. In all cases, the term indicates an inability … More Grounded

Table(t) Manners

Growing up my dad always made a point about having good table manners. He made sure we never chewed food with our mouths open. That we always sat up straight. That we we set the table properly and cleared away and washed the dishes afterwards.  One of the rules was if you didn’t cook, you … More Table(t) Manners

The Secret Ingredient Missing From Every Conversation

That’s the most liberating, wonderful thing in the world, when you openly admit you’re an ass. It’s wonderful. When people tell me, “You’re wrong.” I say, “What can you expect of an ass?” S.J. ANTHONY DE MELLO – SOURCE: AWARENESS The vast majority of conversations consist of two people trying to have their egos validated by … More The Secret Ingredient Missing From Every Conversation

A series of questions

Come one, come all! Come see the spectacle that is K, the Forgotten! A sad girl who you won’t feel for as she slips from my/our minds. When one forgets, does that allow to begin anew? Perhaps when one forgets themselves… Does forgetting create an absence of the mind, or is it data overwritten? I’m … More A series of questions

Forms of Meditation

Meditation and mindfulness have been part of my life for the last three years or so, but recently I fell out of practice. This is what made me decide to attend the mindfulness classes we have on campus twice a semester., each time lasting for five weeks I hope that it will be a force … More Forms of Meditation

Peace with Past

Hey there! It is Betul again, but this time I am not going to talk about languages. I am going to talk about another major interest of mine: human mind. Specifically, my mind. This is going to be about the beginning of my conscious self-discovery period, which is pretty much still going on now. By … More Peace with Past